Effect of Nonpayment for Preventable Infections in US Hospitals

Lee GM, Kleinman K, Soumerai SB, et al. Effect of nonpayment for preventable infections in US hospitals. New England Journal of Medicine. 2012 Oct 11;367(15):1428-1437.


This study examined rates of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) deemed preventable by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), such as catheter-associated bloodstream infections, catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and ventilator-associated pneumonias. The authors observed declining rates of HAIs before the CMS nonpayment incentive was enacted and did not detect any specific impact the policy is having on further decline.


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